President and principal owner of Musco Lighting, Joe Crookham is a long-time advocate of safe, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible lighting.
Musco's primary business is athletic field lighting for parks, recreation facilities and schools. They have also been involved in lighting many major sports facilities for NFL, NBA, MLB and facilities around the world.
Musco operates a temporary lighting system that is used for many television sports and for movie work. Musco has received an Emmy and a technical Academy Award for their TV and movie work. Seven trucks from the Musco system, along with Musco team members, provided crucial lighting for the 2001 search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Crookham is active in Oskaloosa and Mahaska County and over the years has worked to build a sustainable community. He has been instrumental in many community development projects, especially those that help create educational and recreational opportunities for area residents. He has also been active in the economic development arena, supporting infrastructure development, downtown redevelopment and historic renovation. He established Mahaska Communication Group to meet the communication needs of the Musco team and the community.
Joe's volunteer efforts include serving as a trustee on the National Parks Foundation and the Little League Baseball Foundation Board. He also serves as Chair of the William Penn University board of trustees and as a board member of the Communication Research Institute of William Penn University.
He was active in the practice of law for 12 years before committing full time, in 1980, to the business activities that he had started. Joe and his wife Jeanie, who manages the marketing department for Musco, reside in Oskaloosa, Iowa. They have three grown daughters, one of whom works with them at Musco.